Who is Chemon Theys?
Chemon Theys is a South African born, queer, performing artist raised in Western Sydney currently in their main stage debut as Marianne Laine in Australian production of Girl from the North Country.
What would you do differently from what you do now?
I wish I stuck with figure skating and gymnastics in my youth. They are both majestic art forms that I always regret walking away from.
Who inspires you and why?
Most recently, Georgina Hopson. That woman is the most giving, inspirational, compassionate, gracious, hardworking, beautiful, genuine, magical and Insanely talented human I’ve ever met in my current industry. Whenever I’m in a show related crisis, I channel her essence for guidance and it has always helped me prosper.
What would you do to make a difference in the world?
Well right now I want to tell stories that encourage empathy and love within humankind. Support laws and regulations that push for equality, freedom and unity for all.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Las Vegas. There’s so much to do and see. Cirque du Soleil has a place in my heart and I aspire to do a cirque marathon in Vegas by 2024.
When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
There’s a place in Haymarket in Sydney called the Chinese noodle Restaurant. If my friends love Chinese cuisine I take them there to get divine handmade noodles and a delicious spread of dumplings for an incredible low Price.
What are you currently reading?
Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy which was given to me by a friend on tour. It is EVERYTHING, I look forward to reading it every night. Plus it helps me cut down on screen time on my phone.
What are you currently listening to?
I made a self love playlist on Spotify to encourage me to love and believe in myself more. It’s a mix of classic musical theatre, Ariana Grande, Cleo Sol, quintessential black Girl Magic like Lizzo, The Knowles sisters, Victoria Monet, Doechii, Sampa the Great, leikeli47 and Megan thee Stallion.
Happiness is finding an oasis in a desert. It’s a cool metaphor about the hardships of life feeling overwhelming and having love and support to get you through the constant struggle. So many people have given me joy and happiness and I would like to pass it on.
What does the future hold for you?
I will keep telling stories whether it’s through acting, music, writing or just genuine conversations with other people. I also want to support everyone else in the industry and experience as many shows and projects as possible to make up for time lockdown took from us.
Chemon stars as Marianna Laine in Girl from the North Country – currently playing at Melbourne’s Comedy Theatre, before playing at the Canberra Theatre Centre from 25 August, and QPAC’s Lyric Theatre, Brisbane from 8 September. For more information, visit: www.northcountry.com.au for details.
Image: Chemon Theys (supplied)